I Was Keen to Play World Cup But Had to Retire for Several Reasons Reveals AB de Villiers
Despite retiring from international cricket last year, AB de Villiers continues to be one of the greatest cricketers around and is still a threat for the opposition bowlers. De Villiers was expected to be part of the South Africa 2019 World Cup squad. However, his sudden retirement left everyone in shock. However, De Villiers conceded that he was mentally tired after playing so much international cricket for 15 years. Hence he decided to call it quits and spend some more time with his family.
He stated the fact that he did wanted to play one more World Cup but that would have meant that he would occupy a place of a player who could be a future star. He also added in the last two years of his international career, many former South African cricketers criticized him severely for picking and choosing matches. De Villiers himself felt that it wasn’t right and hence decided to walk away from the game.
Mr 360 is definitely one of the finest batsmen of the modern generation. In a recent interaction with Gaurav Kapoor in “ Breakfast with Champions”, De Villiers stated that he would reveal more details about his retirement after 15 years. However, he did give some details that why he decided to hang his boots despite enough cricket in him. He is currently an active T20 freelancer and plays in the IPL, BP, PSL and so on.
“I was keen to play in the World Cup, but I left, I retired. There’s a lot of reasons I had to move on. Family is definitely a big part of it. And the longevity of my career, I played for 15 years and I was just tired of the whole international scene”.
“It’s quite busy. Very stressful. And the mental game, the doubts you have as a person and as a player, it wears you down. And being captain of the Proteas for a long time also took its toll. And then there are a few deeper issues that might have to be discussed when I’m 50, one day,” De Villiers said.
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